Acadian and Boreal Forest Curriculum
The Sierra Club of Canada – Atlantic Canada Chapter’s Acadian and Boreal Forest Education Program will give students a deeper understanding of the special Acadian and Boreal Forest ecosystem. Through participation in our hands-on, interactive presentations students will increase their ecological knowledge, acquire new stewardship skills and learn all about their role as forest stewards. Have your class join us as we use games, hands-on activities, slide show presentation, crafts and discussion to bring the Acadian and Boreal Forest to life – right in your own classroom.
Check out the more details section for the following grade level programs:
Grades Primary - 2: Backyard Bandits
Grades 3 - 4: Places and Plants, Spaces and Ants
Grades 5 - 6: Trees Please!
Grades Primary - 2
In Backyard Bandits students will use their senses to explore what is over their heads and under their feet – and will discover all about the amazing plants and animals that live right in their backyard! They will realize the importance of their day-to-day decisions in the environment and find out what they can do to keep it clean and healthy. Through song, story, visual representation and a sensory-station approach, our staff will share with your students key ecological concepts and information, and will help students identify everyday stewardship actions that we all can partake in. Specific activities will include participating in listening to an interactive ‘Story of a Tree’, visiting each of our specially prepared ‘Forest Sensory Stations’, an animal guessing game, scavenger hunt and much more!
• Sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch
• Exploring the world of living things
• Investigating, characteristics, life cycles and needs of living things outdoors and in the classroom
• People, Place and the Environment: Students will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of the interactions among people, place and environment.
• Describe some of the natural and constructed characteristics of their community.
• Recognize that environments and communities have features.
• Describe how people depend upon and interact with different natural environments and communities.
• Take age-appropriate action to practice responsible behaviour in caring for the environment and communities.
|Project Duration||70 minutes per visit; two visits|
Grades 3 - 4
Places and Plants, Spaces and Ants
Grades 5 - 6
“I think this surprised people on how their footprint was hurting the Earth so much”
“The Sierra Club showed us how to care for and help the environment”
“This program was really cool! Good Job!”
“I liked the games we played”
“Keep up the good work, I had lots of fun”... Read more »
The following is a list of resources developed by Sierra Club Atlantic's Advisory Committee on Education of articles, books, and organizations working on Environmental Education
David Sobel - “Beyond Ecophobia” http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/education-for-life/803
David Orr- “What is Education For?” http://www.context.org/ICLIB/IC27/Orr.htm
Orion magazine - http://www.orionmagazine.org/
Canadian Journal of Environmental Education - http://cjee.lakeheadu.ca
Richard Louv- Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder
“Last Child in the Woods is the first book to bring together a new and growing body of research... Read more »
Water protection and conservation is a key issue in Atlantic Canada.
The Atlantic Chapter is active in key campaigns to protect lakes and ponds from becoming waste dumps for mines, stopping fracking from damaging watersheds and well-water, and educating people on reducing water consumption.
The water committee is action-oriented and focuses on engaging communities to protect their water through educational events, media, and research on key issues.
We meet on a monthly basis, and are always looking for new members to help us with our important work.... Read more »
The Sierra Club Canada Atlantic Canada Chapter was established in 2000, and since 2003 our environmental education programs have been our strongest component. Looking forward we want help with funding, expanding, developing, and evaluating our programing.
We've had funding to develop an advisory committee that would help our environmental education staff to continue to deliver the highest level of relevant environmental education programs. Now all we need is you!
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Wednesday, October 20, 2010- Halifax, NS:The children stop what they are doing and scramble to another child that has shouted that they have found a salamander. She is holding it gently in their hand and while the others push their way into the crowd to take a look at the small amphibian before it is carefully put back in its home.
This fall, children at two schools that host the Halifax Regional School Board’s EXEL Child Care Programs are participating in an innovative program, called Wild Child Nature Immersion. These “Wild Children” explore and play outside in a forested area, while learning about local living ecosystems.
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